by Christina Farris
Proverbs 4:1-27 KJV
1 Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
3 For I was my father’s son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.
4 He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.
5 Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.
6 Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee.
7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
8 Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.
9 She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.
11 I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths.
12 When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.
13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.
14 Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men.
15 Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
16 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep is taken away, unless they cause some to fall.
17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.
18 But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Men often look at cars as being women, in regards of giving them a name, or expression of what they feel in regards to the latest hot rod. It an way of expressing admiration of a vehicle. Words in scripture are like cars are to men. They often have a femine, pronoun, adjective or adverb to describe them like the word wisdom and understanding. Wisdom is refered to as a woman. Expressed in value. Yet wisdom itself is not a woman or even a person but a characterist of value. Wisdom is often learned by parents at the begining of life, but it soon goes beyond childhood leaders, into the vast area of books, media and other sources available, even to the listen of tales heard of solution to problems and ideas. Great problem solving takes wisdom. It is the problem solving of finding solutions that work for all people. Kings needed wisdom in power to be able to rule in peace and at war times. King Solomon wrote proverbs or some of it anyway. He was consider the wisest king of Israel. The one thing he asked of God was wisdom to rule the people. Solomon learned early the value of wisdom perhaps at the knee of his father King David and his mother. Yet he learned was diplomacy during war and peace.
Wisdom is a godly pathway, in regards to be straight, and being able to run freely the path before you without stumbling. Wisdom last was talked as light and not stumbling because the way was clear, but here goes a step furture and saying must keep the ways of wisdom. Stay away from evil men, or situations. Keeping wisdom is good for the overall health, and well being. Wisdom in this regard is God, but God is not a woman, yet the attributes are being compared. Well we have to think for a moment, not all of Solomon wives were daughters of Israel in regards to faith. Some worshipped other gods. Even worship wisdom as a being a woman/goddess. Who took from who. If God is wisdom, then the idea of wisdom must come from God. We know following idols have no value. Following a rainbow or a shooting star will only fizzle out in time, because you can not move as quick as these objects in the sky.
Following wisdom history in scripture gives an idea of how culture interfers with religion and ideas. How practices are often pagan in regards to beliefs of where something may come from. How one group could take from another. Treasure of true faith in wisdom itself can do nothing, but the one that created wisdom holds the key to eternal life. Wisdom by itself lacks understanding. Wisdom with attributes of a loving heavenly Father, is an straight path for the soul and well being in life. True wisdom does not seek to destroy. This is type of wisdom Solomon spoke about. It not about death, but hope of a better tomorrow.
Think for a moment time and culture of the New Testament of how disciples spoke to the people of romans and the greeks. Proverbs teaching on wisdom clear, but it would of been a vast difference to ways of Romans and Greeks. Romans and Greeks sought wisdom and knowledge. Philosphy was big. In fact philophy is nothing new. Solomon had been granted a gift from God, but Solomon was not wise in all his ways. The point is the fact that when we speak of God being wisdom, there many culture that have taken from God and declared they know wisdom, but do not. Followly godly wisdom, yes and no, first follow the author of godly wisdom, so you might know wisdom. The author is God.
Dear Heavenly Father helps us learn to walk in your footsteps so we can understand wisdom. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:
1 Corinthians 1:21-22 KJV
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: